CV & Bio


Beth Lerman was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area where she began oil painting at the age of five. She took lessons throughout her early childhood until middle school at which point her artistic interests shifted to the realm of musical theatre. She didn’t pick up a paint brush again until age 20 when she was a junior at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. Her first painting as an adult was of the Greek  goddess, Athena, which she rendered in acrylics after studying the Greek pantheon in an art history course.  She continued painting periodically in acrylics until she became frustrated with the medium. In 2008, she decided that she needed further instruction to be able to achieve the realism for which she strove, and she began studying under the watchful eye of portrait artist, Amanda Cadogan, in Chicago, IL.  It was at this time that Lerman abandoned the use of acrylics for a Renaissance  technique which, again, employed the use of oil paints. After moving back to New York in 2009, she continued honing her skills in this style until 2010 when she became assistant to artist Madeline von Foerster. Von Foerster introduced Lerman to the “Mische  Technique”–a technique which combines oil paints and egg tempera to produce exceptionally luminous paintings.  Lerman has continued her studies in the Mische Technique under the guidance of Professors Philip Rubinov-Jacobson and Mantra Cora in both the United States and in Austria.   Lerman moved back to Chicago in the summer of 2014 where she has continued working on the Zeitgeist Tarot.


Philip Rubinov-Jacobson and Mantra Cora, Boulder, CO and Sedona, AZ, Summers 2014 and 2015

“Old Masters, New Visions” Seminars

120 Hours of Instruction in the Italian Tempera Grassa and Flemish Mische Techniques

Philip Rubinov-Jacobson, Payerbach, Austria, Summer 2013

“Old Masters, New Visions” Seminar

120 Hours of Instruction in the Flemish Mische Technique

Madeline von Foerster, New York, NY, 2010 to 2012

Private Painting Instruction (Mische Technique)

Grand Central Academy of Art, New York, NY, 2012

Long-Pose Figure Drawing Course, Instructors Ted Minoff and Joshua LaRock

45 Hours of Instruction

Perspective, Instructor Sam Wisneski

24 Hours of Instruction

Amanda Cadogan, Chicago, IL, 2007 to 2009

Private Painting Instruction


Enigma Bookstore – Astoria, NY, Instructor – 2013

  • Created curriculum for and taught six-week workshop on fantasy drawing and painting
  • Taught beginning artists the process of creating a drawing from life to rendering their image in a monochromatic oil painting.

Madeline von Foerster – Brooklyn, NY, Artist’s Apprentice/Assistant, 2010 to 2012

  • Prepared panels by transferring and inking drawings
  • Prepared photographs of completed works for distribution to patrons
  • Researched museums across the United States for portfolio submission


Various Private Commissions, 2011 to Present

Subject matter has included surrealist figurative work, portraiture, and animals


New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Tucson, AZ; Burlington, VT; Washington, DC; New Orleans, LA


Schloss Gloggnitz, Austria, July to September 2016

  • “A Legacy of Light: Generations of Vision” – Group Exhibition

WisCon 39, Madison WI

  • Art Show – Group Show, May 2015

Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Foster City, CA

  • Community Art Show – Group Show, Summer 2014

William Hallet, Astoria, NY

  • “Astoria Art Festival” – Group Show, Fall 2013

Arthoff Galerie, Payerbach, Austria

  • “Eyes of the Tribe” – Group Show, Summer 2013

The Genesis Society – Art For All, Forest Hills, NY

  • “Up Close and Personal” – Group Show, Summer 2013

Bay Home and Linens, San Mateo, CA,

  • Ongoing Since 2011

Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY

  • Alumni Art Show – 2012, 2013 & 2014


A Legacy of Light: Generations of Vision, 2016

  • Limited Edition Exhibition Catalog

Sarah Lawrence College Magazine, Fall 2012 Issue

  • Image and Interview featured in “Gallery” section